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How to see hidden files and folders?

By chenxinghao ·
A disk search often showed that the stuff I was looking for is at C:\Documents and Settings\"my account name"\Local Settings\Application Data\...

But under "my account name" there is no "Local Settings" directory. This was after I enabled "Show hidden files and folders" (select C drive then Tools->Folder Options->View) and clicked Apply and then "Apply to All Folders."
After closing all "My Computer" windows and reopen a new one, I don't see a "Local Settings" directory., but .xxx files.

Check Tools->Folder Options->View again, somehow the selection (a green dot) went back to "Do not show hidden files and folders."

(This is based on a Dell laptop running Windows XP Pro.)

What do I miss?

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Do you have Administrator Privileges for your user account? ..

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How to see hidden files a ...

If you don't have Administrator Privileges, any changes you make to the Folders View Option will have no effect at all.

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Follow the directions in this M$ Article

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to see hidden files a ...


You do however need to be logged in with Administrator Privileges/Account. But if that doesn't work there are links for you to follow.


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Try it

by Sultan1984 In reply to How to see hidden files a ...

if u adminstrator on ur pc

so i think its a virus and u can removed from registry
but there's easy way to fix it
download it
copy the link and past in the browser
after u open the RRT removal
click on Hidden files
press apply and restart ur computer

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by Mohammad Oweis In reply to Try it

Yes indeed its a virus.
If the virus has been removed from your computer, then try to edit the following registry values:


First we have Hidden\NOHIDDEN\

Then Hidden\SHOWALL\

Then SuperHidden\

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